Eddie Izzard says opposing Nicola Sturgeon’s gender law is not transphobic as would-be Labour MP reveals new name as Suzy… but admits sometimes getting her own pronouns wrong
- Eddie Izzard has added the name Suzy but said people can choose which to use
Eddie Izzard has insisted opposing Nicola Sturgeon’s gender law is not transphobic – as she revealed a new name of ‘Suzy’.
The comedian and would-be MP said she had wanted the name since she was 10, but people could decide which to use – joking that she often gets her own pronouns muddled.
In an interview on Matt Forde’s Political Party podcast last night, Izzard said it is not bigoted to oppose Nicola Sturgeon’s effort to loosen gender rules in Scotland.
She suggested it was a ‘tricky’ question how long people should wait before formally transitioning. ‘I don’t have the perfect answer,’ she said.
Izzard also disclosed an ambition to be in the Cabinet, making clear she will not give up on efforts to get elected to Parliament.
Finding herself: Eddie Izzard has introduced the new feminine name she has wanted to use since the age of 10 – but said people can choose which one they want to address her by
Izzard has expressed a preference for female pronouns since 2020, but ‘doesn’t mind’ if people use male pronouns.
She said: ‘I’m Eddie. There’s another name I’m going to add in as well, which is Suzy, which I wanted to be since I was 10. I’m going to be Suzy Eddie Izzard.’
Izzard added: ‘I’ve wanted to be S, U, Z, Y since I was ten.
‘That’s how I’m gonna roll so people can choose what they want, they can’t make a mistake, they can’t go wrong.’
Izzard joked that ‘I make mistakes with my own pronouns’.
The comedian has run for selection as a Labour candidate for London Mayor and Parliament, but so far been unsuccessful.
Asked about political ambitions, Izzard vowed ‘I will keep going until I get in.’
Pressed by Forde on whether she would be happy to give up comedy for the backbenches, she joked: ‘do I have to be backbench?’
However, Izzard refused to ‘do dates’ on when she would reach Cabinet and insisted she ‘doesn’t mind’ who becomes PM.
‘After failing to be selected as Labour’s candidate in Sheffield, Izzard said: I’d still love to be an MP for Sheffield, anywhere up North… if there is a North/South divide – I wanna fight for the North.’
Izzard calls herself ‘somewhat boy-ish and somewhat girl-ish’. She uses the word ‘transgender’ as an umbrella term.
She became famous as a comedian who cross-dressed, but now identifies as a gender-fluid trans woman.
Izzard announced two years ago that she would prefer female pronouns and intends to be ‘based in girl mode from now on’.
She said: ‘I’m Eddie. There’s another name I’m going to add in as well, which is Suzy, which I wanted to be since I was 10. I’m going to be Suzy Eddie Izzard’ (stock image)
‘Don’t get het up about it’: Eddie who has used she/her pronouns since 2020, but ‘doesn’t mind’ if people use him/her pronouns to address her
:: Matt Forde’s fortnightly West End residency continues with upcoming guests including Krishnan Guru-Murthy on March 20 and Ruth Davidson on April 3
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